Time to revitalize Cedar Lake is now

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: January 11 2014 | 12:46 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 1:56 am in

Cedar Lake has been called many things: the slough, a dumping ground for industrial waste, the home of chemically altered aquatic life. I call it a wonderful place to enjoy the great outdoors in the heart of our city. Every day, the lake is being fished and birds are being photographed. An occasional kayaker enjoys its peacefulness. The lake truly is a diamond in the rough. It can be so much more.

Friends of Cedar Lake is a coalition of stakeholders committed to creating community support to improve and protect the lake by developing and implementing a plan to improve water quality, enhance the fishery and provide additional recreational opportunities.

There are challenges that need to be resolved, but the lake can be used now. The Department of Natural Resources is getting close to giving it a clean bill of health for unlimited fishing.

Envision a place where you can rent paddle boats, play sand volleyball or hang out with your family for an afternoon. This spring, you will see more paddlers out on the water as docks are installed. Youíll see events for runners and bikers and educational opportunities for kids. And thatís only the beginning.

Think Grayís Lake in Des Moines. Think Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. Think about Cedar Lake as an incredible asset for our community. Revitalization has been talked about for years. Now is the time to make it happen.

Felicia Wyrick

Cedar Rapids


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